Best marathon: 2:23:57 (2007, St. George). Won the Top of Utah Marathon twice (2003,2004). Won the USATF LDR circuit in Utah in 2006.
Draper Days 5 K 15:37 (2004)
Did not know this until June 2012, but it turned out that I've been running with spina bifida occulta in L-4 vertebra my entire life, which explains the odd looking form, struggles with the top end speed, and the poor running economy (cannot break 16:00 in 5 K without pushing the VO2 max past 75).
Short-Term Running Goals:
Qualify for the US Olympic Trials. With the standard of 2:19 on courses with the elevation drop not exceeding 450 feet this is impossible unless I find an uncanny way to compensate for the L-4 defect with my muscles. But I believe in miracles.
Long-Term Running Goals:
2:08 in the marathon. Become a world-class marathoner. This is impossible unless I find a way to fill the hole in L-4 and make it act healthy either by growing the bone or by inserting something artificial that is as good as the bone without breaking anything important around it. Science does not know how to do that yet, so it will take a miracle. But I believe in miracles.
I was born in 1973. Grew up in Moscow, Russia. Started running in 1984 and so far have never missed more than 3 consecutive days. Joined the LDS Church in 1992, and came to Provo, Utah in 1993 to attend BYU. Served an LDS mission from 1994-96 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Got married soon after I got back. My wife Sarah and I are parents of eleven children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Bella. and Leigha. We home school our children.
I am a software engineer/computer programmer/hacker whatever you want to call it, and I am currently working for RedX. Aside from the Fast Running Blog, I have another project to create a device that is a good friend for a fast runner. I called it Fast Running Friend.
...if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.
Did the sandwich workout, total of a bit over 16. 2x1 mile down 5:29, up 5:49, then 6 down in 35:42, then up 5:59, down 5:25. Kids ran their usual distances on their own. Benjamin also did the sandwich workout, but something was off - he could barely run 5:40 pace in the 6 mile tempo.
Track day. Jacob was going to do a ladder, but after the first 1000 in 3:18 he ended up doing two more 1000s one in 3:31 and then 3:24. He was struggling today. Joseph had a sore throat, did a few intervals with Stephen. Stephen was having some issues pushing himself in the morning, so we moved his workout to the afternoon, and he was able to complete the ladder at the target pace. Matthew did 400 - 200 - 200 - 100 ladder as part of Stephen's intervals. William tried to get his record in the mile, but was mentally not in the game after the first lap, so I stopped him at 1000. Jenny did a pickup 0.25 at the end of her evening run in 84, which made me think she is on her way to recovery. So she got signed up for the Haunted Half.
Track workout. Paced William through 8x400 targeting 84. The recoveries were supposed to be 200 meter jog, but we took stopped in the middle of a couple of them - one time for William to get water, the other time because Joseph was having an attitude during his workout. Joseph and Jacob did 1000 in 3:18 + 4x400 with the target of 76, Jacob was hitting the target, Joseph was just giving up and finishing in 80-82.
Before the workout I picked up a heavy piece of equipment to move it out of the way as it was right on the track, and it hurt my back, but not so bad that I could not run. It was painful to run though, and did get worse in the evening.
Only 12 total, the back pain was still there. Measured out a flat, or as flat as I could make it course on the trail in the Riverview Park 0.25 miles in length for the quarter mile intervals. Joseph and Jacob did a workout there, 8x0.25, target 76, 0.125 recovery. The recovery on 3 of those was longer because Joseph was struggling. Jacob appeared to be fine. Their average was around 77. Bonnie did every other one.
I ran more distances at an easy pace afterwards. Usual Saturday distances for the kids.
With Matthew, Bonnie, William, Stephen, Joseph, and Jacob.